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The Catalyst Club by Shoreham Wordfest

The Catalyst Club is a monthly event set in the Ropetackle foyer, serving up the old tradition of the French Salon. Hosted by author and BBC radio presenter Dr David Bramwell, in partnership with Ropetackle and Shoreham Wordfest. 

Shoreham Wordfest Children’s Poetry Book Launch | Poems for our time 2021

Shoreham Wordfest & Kay Walton of Rap’n’Rhyme have created a second book of children’s poems, “Future Choices: Poems for Our Time,” expressing their ideas about the future and choices to be made. Our 2021 Schools’ Poetry Project was for Yr 3, 4 & 5 pupils in the Adur District. The book was launched at a celebratory event on 4 December 2021.

David Olusoga -The Job of a Historian

David Olusoga is a historian, writer, broadcaster, presenter and film-maker, and is of dual British and Nigerian heritage. He is Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester. David has presented historical documentaries on the BBC and has become a prominent cultural commentator.

Ending the War on Nature

Ending the War on Nature: speakers include Isabella Tree, Tony Whitbread, Professor Dan Osborne, Nicola Peel

We all need a more resilient world where nature can thrive, not just be exploited as a resource. We need to build back differently and to feel we can act for the better. Embark with us on a journey to find global and local solutions to the climate and biodiversity crises. Ending the War on Nature Living as Part of the Ecosystem Citizen Response.

An Economy Fit for Purpose Full details of the day will be sent in advance of the event. Please contact us if you wish to have a display stand. A partnership event: Shoreham Wordfest, CPRE and Sussex Wildlife Trust

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Wordfest 2021 Events Videos

The Homecoming: Voices of The Windrush Generation – Colin Grant

Join historian Colin Grant in a special talk about his critically acclaimed book “Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation”. On 21 June 1948, British troopship HMT Empire Windrush anchored at Tilbury Docks, Essex, carrying hundreds of passengers from the Caribbean. Windrush Generation is the name of these first passengers and the consequent waves of immigration of people who left everything to come help rebuild the country after World War II. Grant’s Homecoming captures the true-life stories of over 100 people including Sussex residents.

Local and Live Festival -Hatful of Rain

A welcome appearance of local trio, Hatful of Rain. Their music is a blend of British Folk & Americana styles, centred round songs with timeless themes of love and loss, domestic hardships, migration, identity, celebration & grief.

They have released 3 albums and 1 EP to date and have toured widely in the UK on the folk circuit; rooms above pubs, folk clubs, villages halls, festivals, house concerts and theatres.

Local and Live Festival talk- Rewilding the Seas – Henri Brocklebank |Sussex Wildlife Trust

Rewilding is not limited to life on land. Perhaps the biggest opportunities to restore natural systems lie in the sea. Come and hear about an opportunity to deliver a thrilling Marine restoration project off the Sussex Coast.

How do we restore our fish populations, reduce the impact of storms off the Sussex Coast and return abundance to our seas? How is this good for seahorses, squid, and sharks? Henri Brocklebank is the Director of Conservation at the Sussex Wildlife Trust and has been focused on wildlife in Sussex for many years. She leads the Trusts work in the Marine Environment and is Chair of the #HelpOurKelp partnership.

This talk is sponsored by Sussex Wildlife Trust and CPRE, the Countryside Charity. It is a continuation of the Ending the War on Nature talks which were paused due to the national Covid Lockdown in March 2020.

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Local and Live Festival talk by Dr John Froude: Plagued: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Coronavirus.

This is a recording of the event held at Ropetackle Art Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea on Friday 30 October. 

John Froude is an infectious disease physician working in the United States in Kingston New York. He is a veteran of a number of plagues, Cholera in Nigeria, Aids in New York City and now SARS CoV2 all over the place. He is author of the book Plagued to be published in the USA in February and in the UK later in the year.

Hilaire Belloc, The Man Who Saw the Future by Chris Hare

Local historian, Chris Hare, talks about the life and times of Hilaire Belloc, author, poet, politician and thinker.  Belloc was a noted figure of his time, both for literature and his influence on political thinking.

A long-time resident of Sussex, he had a deep love for the county, its people and countryside.  Chris led a Community Heritage project, researching the man and his impact, which culminated in a plaque commemorating his life being installed in the village of Shipley, his long term residence.   The talk took place on Sunday 25 October as part of our Local and Live festival, and features a couple of Sussex folk songs from Chris.  The festival and the filmed recordings are funded by the Arts Council’s National Lottery Project Fund.

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Poetry, Story and Music Evening 11 October 2020

 Shoreham Wordfest organised a 10 line poetry competition and a 10 word short story competition from April to July 2020, to mark our 10th anniversary.

The prize winners were announced at a special evening on Sunday 11 October held at Ropetackle Arts Centre.  The judges, John McCullough and Catherine Smith commented on the entries and the e winning poems and short stories.  John and Catherine read from their own work and presented the winners with their prizes before they read their entries. The evening was interspersed with fabulous music from Ben and Alfie, and a poetry performance by Katrina Quinn.  The Anthology of the winning poems is available at

For more about the Belloc project see

For more about the Belloc project see

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Wordfest 2020 Events Videos

Poems for Our Time: Lines from the Lockdown 2020

Shoreham Wordfest ran a poetry project for primary school children in Adur and West Sussex from April to July 2020.  Although intended to be school-based it became a home learning resource during the school closures due to Covid-19.  114 poems were collected into a book which was launched on 10 October, with poetry readings by the project leader, Kay Walton of and from some of the young poets.  The book is available from   The project was funded by Adur District Council.

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Shoreham Wordfest Festival 3 -16 Oct 22

Shoreham Wordfest is a voluntary organisation and registered charity number: 1163258.